THE POWER OF LETTING GO
IN ORDER TO GROW
Practicing forgiveness, and taking a look at our problems
so we can find healthy ways to solve them.
LET GO OF THE THOUGHTS ABOUT THE PAST, SO THEY DON'T OVERCROWD YOUR ABILITY TO ENJOY THE PRESENT
This months lessons are all about facing our problems and letting go of the things that are holding us back. The falling autumn foliage gives us a clear reminder to harvest the good and let go of old patterns and habits that no longer contribute to our happiness and well-being.
Help children get out of the blame game while they are young and be empowered with emotional resilience, self - awareness and a growth mindset that can easily handle the challenges that come their way!
LET THOSE WORN OUT THOUGHTS FALL LIKE AUTUMN LEAVES
WE HAVE AN AVERAGE OF 12,000 - 60,000 THOUGHTS A DAY.
More crowded than social media, your brain produces a shocking number of thoughts per day. 80% of those thoughts are negative and 90% are repetitive - the same exact worries and fears on instant replay. Most of our patterned thinking comes from either worrying about the past or being stressed about the future.
Use these lessons and the book list below to retrain your brain and form lasting habits of change.
POSITIVE SELF - TALK
YOUR LESSONS ON CHANGE STARTS HERE
The "Change" lessons include four PDF downloads this month:
1. THE TREE OF CHANGE
This seasonal project is a great emotional awareness tool that can be used to start any day. Face your problems in the Fall and let new dreams grow in the Spring with this short daily practice for kids. We can't run from or ignore what's bothering us, we must look at them and use healthy ways to let them go.
2. THE BLAME GAME
Teach kids ages 9 and up to move from oww to wow with this group activity. They can change thoughts and feelings that hurt themselves and others. Rather than being reactive and pointing the blame, practice proactive ways to think, speak and do so you can rise above challenges. Retraining your brain and positive change is the aim of this game!
3. I AM BIGGER THAN THAT
This quick creative activity reminds children of all ages that they can still grow to be big, strong and amazing no matter what problems come their way. Some problems may be scary when we don't understand them, but if we take a closer look, there are important things to learn.
3. LETTING GO
This simple e -- playbook is an educator's and parent's guide for change. You are the number one source of motivation when it comes to your children and your ability to let go of the things that are no longer working for your own good, allows the kids you serve be more self-reflective. Learn how to stop negative self-talk and say goodbye to excuses so we can have more joy and be more present, engaging and nurturing toward the young ones we impact.
Each download purchased this year helps children receive training in Great Day Curriculum and helps us reach classrooms all over the world.
Every penny counts!
Great Day Academics
As educators and parents it’s important that we orchestrate a FIRM foundation of constructive thought patterns for students that prove to help them accomplish goals.
By the time children reach the age of 3 or 4, they have already formed opinions about themselves based on others beliefs. These beliefs form a lifetime worth of patterns and behaviors than limit their accomplishments.
Great Day Academics uses a proactive approach to reduce destructive thought patterns that show up in their daily lives in the form of blame, violence, fear, stress and unhealthy social responses.
CHANGING A CHILD'S THOUGHTS,
CAN CHANGE A CHILD'S LIFE
Why is positive change so hard? Nobel Prize in Chemistry was awarded to two chemist who found that our resistance to change or create a new habit can sometimes be attributed to our DNA. The cells in our body are constantly sending, receiving and replicating themselves. When we start to do something new and better for ourselves, it increases the positive emotions and hormones throughout our body in the form of dopamine and ceretonine. However, if our cells are used to receiving cortisol and other stress hormones, our body will crave them instead. So if you can't make lasting change, it means your cells may need to get used to positive hormones (setiritonn and dopamines long enough for your body to be use to this constant feeling of good.
Cells replicate based on the last information they've been given. If your cells are in a constant state of stress, that's what they will crave. and replicate search. Cells will replicate and vibrate away from the positive until their receptor sites change and want to receive the good.
This means you must stick with a lasting positive habit through the tough transition phase when you want to quit and revert back to old habits.
One of the most life changing moments for me happened when I started paying attention to my thoughts. I was so surprised to see how much pain, fear and missed opportunities came and went because of my negative self-talk. Once I started being more aware of my constant worry and the stress it put on my body, I started to let go. Now I own my feelings and let them go in the moment so that I can have more energy, less frustration and be more genuine with my students and family.
This too, is my wish for you!
Educator | Founder
YOUR THOUGHTS BECOME YOUR WORDS,
YOUR WORDS INFLUENCE YOUR ACTIONS,
& YOUR ACTIONS ARE THE HABITS THAT MAKE YOUR LIFE
MORE RESOURCES FOR YOU
You thriving is the best hope for our children and future. So if these lessons don't resonate with you, pass it along to someone who could use them and find something that empowers you!
Here are a couple of book recommendations that teach resilience, growth mindset, problem solving and letting go to make room for positive change.
For our Kids:
Even Superheros Have Bad Days - by Shelly Becker
Monster Trouble - by Lane Fredrickson
The Dot - by Peter Reunolds
What To Do With A Problem - by Kobi Yamada
Tree: A Peek and See Through - by Britta Teckentrup
For Teens and Adults:
"Don't Sweat the Small Stuff for Teen"s - Richard Carlson
7 Habits of Highly Effective People - by Sephen R. Covey
Change Your Thoughts, Change Your Beliefs - by Dr. Wayne Dyer
Daring Greatly - by Brene Brown
Judgement Detox: Release the Beliefs That Hold You Back from Living a Better Life - by Gabrielle Berstein
Let Your Fears Make You Fierce - by Koya Webb
Rising Strong - by Brene Brown
The Biology of Change - by Todd Herman
The Gifts of Imperfection - by Brene Brown
What To Do When It's Your Turn - by Seth Godin
You Can Heal Your Life - by Louise Hay
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